Thursday, September 28, 2006

Final Main Event Thoughts

Does this sound absurd to you?

“Welcome back to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.  Those of you who happen to be astute viewers will realize that the score is now Calgary 5, New Jersey 3.  During the second intermission, the zamboni driver found two extra pucks inside the New Jersey net and the officials have credited the Devils with two goals giving them the lead.”


Then why not this?”The more mathematically inclined will realize that these chip counts total in excess of 2 million additional chips in play.  The error is believed to have occurred during a color-up of lower denomination chips.”

And that’s it.  Swept under the rug.  The pinnacle of your sport and a gross error is made and ESPN gives it five seconds.


I watched all of ESPN’s coverage of the Main Event.  Nobody is ever as good as they think they are when they win.  Jamie Gold will realize that eventually.  Did he push some of his table talk too far?  Maybe.  Is the lawsuit that contests the other half of his 12 million dollar prize unfortunate for the game of poker?  Yes.  Is Jamie Gold a bad person?  I don’t think so.  Maybe it was contrived, maybe it was sappy, but the final few seconds of broadcast footage showing him talking to his dad about his victory outweighs anything negative he may or may not have done during the tournament.  But that’s just me.  I’m a sucker when it comes to family.

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